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Weekly recommendations for cultural events taking place in Estonia this week as curated by and published in the Culture critics’ blog at It seems as though the Christmas spirit is nearby, because this week offers plenty of music and merry gatherings.

Sunday, Nov. 27 - Saturday, Dec. 24

Christmas City Tartu 2016

Town Hall Square, Tartu

Tartu's Christmas City is set up by so-called swing-smiths, craftsmen well respected throughout the centuries for creating meeting points where people love to get together, share the news and celebrate.

Monday, Nov. 28

Different Harmonies II

Tallinn Methodist Church

There will be the world premiere of Hans-Gunter Lock’s "Concerto for Solo Violin and Chamber Ensemble." The composer holds teaching positions at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre as well as at the Estonian Academy of Arts. The concerto is peculiar due to the use of the so called Bohlen-Pierce tone system, which contains of a number on unusual intervals.

Wednesday, Nov. 30

Mozart and Salieri / The Impresario

Small Building, Theatre Vanemuine, Tartu

This year, the world celebrates the 260th anniversary of the birth of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. To mark the occasion, Vanemuise Theatre will bring two short operas to the stage: a tragedy and a comedy, both of which are tied to Mozart.

Thursday, Dec. 1

Festival Vox XX. Trio Medieval and Vox Clamantis

St. Nicholas Museum, Tallinn

Ensemble Vox Clamantis unites the old and the new in their music. Having always relied on the Gregorian chant and early polyphony in their music, the ensemble’s repertoires also include contemporary music in its extensive variations. Thursday's performance will include a repertoire of Gregorian chant and improvisations as well as the premiere of a work by Helena Tulve. 

Friday, Dec. 2 - Saturday, Dec. 3

Guided Tour around the Estonian National Opera

Estonian National Opera, Tallinn

Would you like to see more of the Tallinn Opera House or learn about life in the Estonian National Opera and Ballet? Here is your chance!

Saturday, Dec. 3

Paide Christmas Festival

Central Square, Paide

The Central Estonian town's central square will be decked out for Christmas and a crafts fair will be held. Various activities will be organized for children and adults, including a Christmas candy tournament, a Christmas tree decorating contest and opportunities for families to test their skills against one another, all with CHristmas elves on hand.

Wintry Tartu Folk Dance Day 2016

Town Hall Square, Tartu

Old Estonians were clever, clever people. They knew that dancing had a powerful and magical influence on the surrounding world. This fact has been kept in mind throughout the centuries and folk dancers in Tartu County are especially unstoppable. Hundreds of them gather in the middle of the sometimes freezing Estonian winter to dance together right on the slippery cobblestones of Tartu's Town Hall Square, where the audience cannot escape the magic either.

Sunday, Dec. 4

"My Fair Lady"

Estonian National Opera, Tallinn

Henry Higgins, a Doctor in Phonetics and bachelor, bets his friend Colonel Pickering that he can make a cockney flower girl speak like a Duchess and all that jazz...You probably already know the story, but what is new about this particular performance is that now you can hear all of it in the Estonian language.

Editor: Editor: Aili Vahtla

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